Friday, April 20, 2012

Edit time!

Growing up, I was always fascinated by the effects of photoshopping. I love playing around on my computer, and believe it or not, editing is 50% of the reason why I love photography so much! Winter can be a great time to get out there and take some snow white photos, but spring and summer tend to be the months when people are looking to get photos taken. I have been waiting for spring sun to finally arrive, and I thought before all the real shooting takes place, I would show you a couple fun before and afters.

Ok, this picture was taken on my iphone 3GS (ya, nothing too impressive), and I have to say, at first glance, this photo is VERY unimpressive. But, I knew based on how dramatic the clouds were that day, something great would come out of it!

*Also, one thing to note, the second is not an identical photo, because when I edited on my phone settings, it replaced the original. There was about a 2 second time difference.

Here's how I did it. 

1. Took the photo on regular settings using the "Camera +" app. ( I live by it)
2. Using the edit button, I first clicked clarify, then under the 'FX Effects' tab, I chose color and picked 'So Emo'
3. I saved my photo to my camera roll.
4. Then I opened my newly saved photo with my "Tilt Shift" app. (I live by this even more!)
5. I chose a line across where I only wanted that particular area in focus, and again saved the image to my camera roll.
6. Finally, just when you think you should stop because your editing brain is going crazy, I opened my saved image into "Instagram"and chose 'Lo-fi'. I also removed the scratchy border. 
7. Et voila! Formidable!

This next photo was taken in Portland, Oregon. Backlit photos are so impressive, and really are special photos. I am trying to shoot more subjects with light coming from behind them. This shot of Miss E. was taken on a beautiful day around 4:00 in the afternoon. 

What was tough about editing this photo, was removing the strands of hair from her face. I am sure there is a much easier route to this (using photoshop), but being an avid Aperture user, I very carefully used my retouch brush. I warmed the photo by altering my colors towards the yellow spectrum, and brightened the photo as well. 

Once I was happy with the touches I made in Aperture I exported my photo and re-imported it into Lightroom. I used an MCP Action which gave me the perfect look! And I love it! It's bright, colourful and angelic! 

This next one of my good friend Nathalie was taken on a very cloudy day. Cloudy days are great to shoot in because you don't get shadows from the sun casting down, or squinting. 
Nat didn't need much of anything done to achieve the look of this photo. She is just so darn photogenic, and beautiful already! 

What I did for this photo was enhance my colours to saturate the photo with more colour, as well as increase the contrast. She needed minimal skin smoothing, and for final touches I added a slight vignette. Bingo bango!

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